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McDonald’s wins temporary overhaul of fast food work rules

A hard fought change to pay and conditions rules at McDonald’s has been approved by the national industrial tribunal.

The change to the Fast Food Industry Award, which traded some working hours and overtime pay for greater job security during the coronavirus pandemic and covers McDonald’s’ 107,000 mostly young employees, caused a stoush within the union movement.

McDonald's has won a temporary change to the fast food industry award.

McDonald’s has won a temporary change to the fast food industry award.Credit:Jason South

The Retail and Fast Food Workers Union opposed the deal, arguing the changes would not save jobs but would effectively casualise part-time workers in the industry, and was joined by the CFMMEU’s Victorian construction division in attacking the shopworkers’ union and ACTU, which backed it.

Those groups, along with McDonald’s representative the Australian Industry Group, said the changes were essential to save jobs and came with safeguards.

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